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One of Janet’s activities is to monitor and, where possible, influence regulatory developments that affect us and our customer universities, colleges and schools as operators of large computer networks. Since Janet and its customer networks are classified by Ofcom as private networks, postings here are likely to concentrate on the regulation of those networks.

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At present only public telecommunications providers are required by European law to notify their customers of security breaches affecting their privacy, including breaches that the confidentiality, integrity or availability of personal data. In the UK the Information Commissioner has published recommendations on handling privacy breaches, including when to notify those affected.

I reckon the education sector accepted user-owned devices (now known as Bring Your Own Device) at least fifteen years ago, the moment we provided remote access and encouraged staff and students to work outside the office. My talk at the Janet/Jisc services day in London therefore looked at how we can do it better, suggesting a three step plan. Your comments and experiences on these ideas would be very welcome:

I've had several conversations this week that related to what's commonly referred to as "level of assurance": how confident we can be that an account or other information about an on-line user actually relates to the person currently sitting at the keyboard. Governments may be concerned with multiple forms of documentary proof but I suspect that for most common uses in the education sector that may be over-complicating things.

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